Showing missing data in line charts

Posted to Design  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Missing data is everywhere. Or, I guess technically it’s nowhere. You know what I mean. Missing data is common, especially with temporal data over long periods of time. Just look at country-level estimates for anything over ten years, and you’ll understand. Peter Beshai for Bocoup provides five solutions for line charts with missing data, using d3.js.

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